LaunchPM ranks No. 6 on Small Business Expo’s 2019 Best of Small Business Awards

LaunchPM, a Scottsdale-based construction project management and workplace design firm, was recently honored by Small Business Expo’s 2019 Best of Small Business Awards. The Best of Small Business Awards celebrates the top small to mid-sized businesses across the U.S. LaunchPM rank number six on its SB100 winners list.

“We are thrilled to be recognized at #6 of the Top 100 Small Business Awards,” says Beth Scarano, CEO and principal of LaunchPM. “It is a real tribute to my team and all they do for our clients.”

The Best of Small Business Awards™ is America’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the BEST Small to Mid-Sized Business Visionaries. With twenty-six notable “Best of Small Business” categories to choose from, The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is the largest Annual Business Recognition Program in the US. The awards acknowledge the success and continued hard work of America’s most diverse small business owners.

“The winners represent the top small business leaders in the country. These incredible visionaries understand what it means to take risks and lead their businesses to tremendous success,” said Zach Lezberg, CEO, Small Business Expo.

Plexus donates more than $500,000 in 2019

Plexus Worldwide® (Plexus®), a leading direct-selling health and happiness company, wants to thank employees and customers who gave time and money to help those less fortunate in 2019. The company’s philanthropic department had an incredibly successful year, contributing thousands of volunteer hours and donations to awareness campaigns that benefit nonprofits.

“There is no greater joy than donating time to help those in need, and Plexus is proud to give back to the communities that helped us grow over the past decade,” said Tarl Robinson, Founder and CEO. “To help all our employees understand the value of giving back, Plexus initiated a program that provides every employee with 16 hours of paid volunteer time a year and I am proud of how enthusiastically employees have embraced this new spirit of giving.”

Through the support of Plexus, employees volunteered over 700 times in 2019, doing work such as refurbishing bicycles, packaging food boxes, and organizing donated presents. In addition, Plexus sponsored two service weeks with St. Mary’s Food Bank, in which more than half of its employees participated during each event.

In the Phoenix area alone, Plexus employees volunteered more than 2,360 hours to help nonprofits on two dozen campaigns, with hundreds more hours donated by employees in Canada and Australia. In addition, Plexus donated $500,000 in cash and in-kind donations to more than a dozen nonprofits including Cancer Support Community Arizona, The Salvation Army, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.   

In addition, Plexus’ Nourish One® Initiative helps families in need by providing a donation for every bag sold from the Plexus Lean™ meal replacement product line. This is a one-for-one initiative, where one serving of Plexus Lean equals one meal for a child or family through Feeding America®, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks. In 2019, Plexus contributed funding for over 6-million meals to Feeding America and Mary’s Meals, an international organization dedicated to wiping out food insecurity.

“Our vision to spread health and happiness extends beyond our community to people across the country and around the globe and this initiative allows us to multiply our donations by giving Ambassadors and customers a way to get involved,” said Alec Clark, Founder and President.

Isagenix expands snack, energy drink lines

Knowing it can be difficult for busy consumers to satisfy cravings, manage hunger, and stay energized while making healthy changes, Isagenix International has launched several offerings, including Snack Bites, a new 100-calorie snack that’s designed to tackle hunger between meals. The global health and wellness company has also expanded its BĒA™ Sparkling Energy Drink and plant-based Harvest Thins™ lines to include new flavors.

“Whether we’re enhancing existing products or creating new ones, Isagenix is always exploring how to best support customers as they work toward their health and wellness goals,” said Isagenix Chief Executive Officer Travis Ogden. “These latest offerings are just the first of many exciting releases for 2020.” 

The company announced its new lineup at its New Year Kick Off 2020 event Jan. 24 in Phoenix. 

Snack Bites: A Convenient, Delicious Way To Satisfy Hunger

Available in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, Peanut Butter Bliss Snack Bites were created to not only taste good but also to help satisfy hunger between meals. The individually wrapped cookie dough-style snacks can be eaten on the go anytime, including during an Isagenix Cleanse Day, a method of nutritionally supported intermittent fasting. 

Each Snack Bites serving is 100 calories and has 5 grams of protein from fava beans and peanut butter as well as 4 grams of fiber. 

While consumers can purchase Snack Bites directly from Isagenix, the company recommends ordering through independent distributors. In the United States and Puerto Rico, preferred customer pricing for a box of eight individually wrapped servings is US$23. In Canada, preferred customer pricing is CA$25. 

BĒA Sparkling Energy Drink: A Refreshing New Flavor To Enjoy While Boosting Energy

Available in the United States and Puerto Rico, BĒA Sparkling Energy Drink now comes in Citrus Sunrise flavor. It also comes in the original Berry Bellini flavor, which debuted when BĒA launched in October. Whichever flavor consumers choose, the product will both energize and nourish the body. It has 125 milligrams of naturally sourced caffeine from green tea as well as raw nutrients and vitamins sourced from fruits and vegetables. The energy drink also features botanical antioxidants as well as adaptogens, such as ashwagandha, that can help fight stress.

Each 12-ounce can of BĒA has 10 calories and less than 1 gram of sugar. 

Preferred customer pricing in the United States and Puerto Rico is US$39.99 for a 12-pack. Five percent of all profits from BĒA will help the ISA Foundation — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operated by Isagenix — provide healthy nutrition and support to underserved children, wellness education for all, and aid for those affected by natural disasters.

Plant-Based Harvest Thins: A Savory New Flavor for Satisfying Cravings

Available in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plant-based Harvest Thins now come in Garlic & Herb flavor. The product also comes in the original Thai Sweet Chili flavor, which debuted when Harvest Thins launched in April 2018. The protein snack helps satisfy cravings and allows consumers to include more plant-based foods in their diet.

Each bag of Harvest Thins has 100 calories and 11 grams of high-quality pea protein.

In the United States and Puerto Rico, preferred customer pricing for a box of 10 bags is US$24. In Canada, preferred customer pricing is CA$26. 

Preferred Customer Update: Membership Fee Eliminated

In addition to debuting new product offerings at New Year Kick Off, Isagenix eliminated the membership fee that had been required to obtain the best pricing, known as preferred customer pricing. The change went into effect Jan. 24 in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. 

• New preferred customers who create an account automatically receive 25% off retail price.

• Existing customers were automatically upgraded to preferred customer status and moved from a 10% discount to a 25% discount.

Existing preferred customers no longer need to pay an annual membership fee to access the 25% discount.

Forbes names University of Arizona a ‘Best Employer for Diversity’

The University of Arizona has made its inaugural appearance on Forbes’ third annual Best Employers For Diversity list, placing at No. 241 out of 500 businesses with at least 1,000 employees. The university was one of only four businesses headquartered in Arizona to be included on the national list and one of only 30 education institutions to earn the recognition.

“Our vision for the University of Arizona as a global leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution requires a broad commitment to a welcoming and supportive atmosphere,” said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. “Reaching our goal of a world where all people can achieve their potential, and where we all work together to solve our most pressing challenges, is only possible if we live our core values of inclusion and compassion every day. I am grateful Forbes has recognized our continued efforts to live these values not only for our students, but for each other in the workplace.”

The University of Arizona employs more than 16,000 faculty and staff. According to 2019 statistics, more than 54% of employees are women and roughly half belong to a minority group. In 2018, the university earned the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution from the U.S. Department of Education for its success in the enrollment of Hispanic students and in providing educational opportunities to them. More than 26% of UArizona employees are Hispanic or Latino.

“We are especially proud to be recognized as one of the best employers for diversity,” said Helena Rodrigues, vice president and chief human resources officer. “Diversity and inclusion are as much a part of our employee programs as they are a part of how we serve students. Our commitment toward our status as a land-grant university and a Hispanic-Serving Institution means it is vital that our employees reflect and honor the diversity of the students we serve.”

The university offers programs, such as child care support and employee advising, that remove barriers for employees to enjoy a fulfilling work life. The Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, in partnership with the Division of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost, offers the Inclusive Leadership Program to advance leadership efforts in diversity and inclusion, and to develop collaborations among university leaders. In addition, the Disability Resource Center is committed to inclusive workplace practices and implementing universal design.

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